This year I’m loving Christmas decor that features twinkly lights, and a bit of greenery. Last week I picked up a few strands of battery-operated white lights on sale (these), and I went in search of ideas for how to use them. I wrote a post on simple uses for white lights for Apartment Therapy, but here are some of my picks for ideas that didn’t make it into that story.
A bare branch suspended from the ceiling, or even just placed in a large vase, looks elegant strung with white lights and glass balls.
If you happen to have a set of antlers, add lights and simple white ornaments. No antlers handy? My friends Eve and Adryel have a bunch in their Etsy shop (coveting this antler candleholder), or go the faux route with options from White Faux Taxidermy, Pier 1, or Amazon.
Pinecones in a basket, plus lights, equals instant coziness vibes. If you pile up pinecones or branches on lights, just be sure to use cool LED lights, for safety.
Branches or logs with lights can be surprisingly charming, and if you don’t have a fireplace, they can even add a faux firelit glow to a room.
Make a simple rustic star out of wood strips or twigs, then wind lights around it. Last year I made a star decoration out of dowels that would be perfect for this.
Keep it simple, and put fairy lights in a jar or vase.
Or a lantern.
Or just under a glass cloche or vase. You can use stones, moss, or branches to help hide the light battery pack, and add to the twinkly effect.
Make a light garland by binding greenery to your lights with floral wire.
After finding these ideas, now I’m wishing I’d bought more strands of lights. I really like the ones I got because they have a preset timer setting where they stay on for 5 hours, then go off, and come back on again 24 hours from when you first turned them on, but other places where I’ve seen good selections of battery-operated lights include Urban Outfitters, Terrain, Save On Crafts (they also have lots of pretty jars and lanterns), Amazon, Target, and Anthropologie.